The Latest – March 7, 2012 07 Mar 12

Here is the latest sports news: Wild fall to Avs. Wolves face Portland. Twins take down Tampa Bay.

Avs Bury Wild
(Denver, CO) — Semyon Varlamov [[ SEM-yon var-LAH-mov ]] made 21 saves to help give the Avalanche a 7-1 victory over the Wild. Devin Setoguchi scored the lone goal for Minnesota, which has lost five straight. Matt Hackett started the game in net, but was pulled in the second after allowing four goals on 21 shots. Josh Harding finished the game between the pipes and was tagged for three goals on 18 shots. The Wild wrap up a brief two-game road swing tomorrow evening against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena.

Wolves Continue Homestand
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota Timberwolves continue a four-game homestand this evening against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Target Center. The Wolves have won back-to-back games to improve to 20-and-19 on the season. They are coming off a 95-94 victory versus the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday. Minnesota hosts the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.

Twins Top Rays
(Port Charlotte, FL) — Alexi Casilla had two hits and a run scored as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-2, in spring training action on Tuesday afternoon in Port Charlotte. Ryan Doumit [[ DOH-mit ]] and Danny Valencia each drove in a run for Minnesota, while Scott Baker threw two scoreless innings for Minnesota. The Twins continue Grapefruit League action this afternoon against the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota.

Gophers On The Court Tomorrow
(Indianapolis, IN) — The 10th-seeded Minnesota Golden Gophers kick off Big Ten tournament play tomorrow at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. They will square off against seven-seed Northwestern in first-round action. The Gophers split a pair of regular season meetings against Northwestern with each team winning at home. The winner takes on second-seed Michigan Friday.

Jake Novy/mm SPT) MN)

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